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Preview: Hotpod Yoga

Hotpod Yoga is coming to Portsmouth

COMPLIMENTARY TASTER SESSIONS ON APRIL 29 & 30

Hotpod Yoga, billed as ‘yoga for real life’, is coming to Portsmouth and is offering free taster sessions over the weekend of April 29 and 30.

Heated to 37 degrees, the portable Hotpods aren’t quite as hot as Bikram yoga studios (which are traditionally 40 degrees) and promise to enhance your session, warm your muscles and build up ample sweat (but not too much).

This is welcome news to me. I love yoga, but no matter how much I practice, I don’t possess the effortlessly bendy qualities that I’d like – I need a bit of help – so I’ve been following Hotpod Portsmouth’s progress on social media with interest.

I caught up with franchisee Lisa Rattray, who’s excited about bringing this new experience to Portsmouth. She’s recently moved back to the city after a number of years away. She was born here but grew up in Scotland. The opportunity brought her back down to the south coast.

She’s practiced yoga for many years and is an experienced teacher, having taught colleagues during her time in the RAF. She says she’s looking forward to teaching on a full-time basis in Portsmouth.

The innovative pod is portable and takes just 15 minutes to inflate. Once it’s up, 20 people can fit inside to enjoy the class. The one-hour classes have roots in vinyasa flow.

Classes will be available in four venues across the city, at a variety of times during the week – The Friendship Centre, Havelock Community Centre, Somerstown Community Centre (The Hub) and Highbury Community Centre.

Lisa said, of her experiences using Hotpods, “the immersive environment meant I was fully focussed on my own practice and I would leave the pod feeling so relaxed, strong and stretched out.”

Max Henderson, co-founder of Hotpod Yoga, added, “We’re really excited about working with Lisa, who’s been a fan and friend of Hotpod Yoga for a good while, to bring Hotpod to the south coast. It’s our first in that part of the world – so we feel that it’s well overdue!”

Complimentary taster classes take place at Havelock Community Centre on April 29 and 30. You’ll also be able to enjoy some raw treats and snacks, courtesy of The Wholesome Foodie. Sign up online in advance – places are limited, of course: www.hotpodyoga.com/uk/yoga-classes

There’ll also be an ongoing introductory offer of £12 for 12 days’ unlimited yoga. Normally one-hour sessions cost £10 for a single class, £45 for a 5-class and £80 for a 10-class pass.

I can’t wait to try it out myself – watch this space… I’ll be back with a review after the launch weekend!

Website: www.hotpodyoga.com/uk/yoga-classes
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hotpodyogaportsmouth
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hotpodyoga
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hotpodyogaportsmouth

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